Knockando 1998

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Slow Matured
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Butts
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 oct 2017 11:04 am by Tim-R

Average value

€ 75.70

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Whisky reviews for Knockando 1998

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.45 points.

  1. Макс scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Ficelli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Knockando 18 Year Old 1998 Slow Matured 43%. Golden orange. Aroma is all oak in a clean stone fruit - apricot - gummy sweets kind of a way. Nice. Taste is again dominated by oak, some latent barley esters, some hard-edged gritiness but mostly juicy. Somewhat fruity with a spicy medium length finish and a rock salt linger. Grainy breadiness throughout but not too bready as some Speyside whiskies can be. Some other complexities come from the esters. I have read tasting notes suggesting oats, nuts, berries and chocolate - and i guess you can interpret the flavour this way or that - but it is really that interplay of breadiness, oak and barley esters. Pretty enjoyable stuff with a freshness that doesn't match its age. A grower. Good for the price and i would definitely buy again at around the 50 quid mark. 3.7/88

  4. Malty1797 scored this whisky 55 points Expert Junior

    Not quite sure what was 'wrong' with my bottle, but only the first few drams were as expected: dark fruits, sweet sherry and sweetish old oak.

    As soon as the filling level went below the shoulder almost all the fruitiness and sweet sherry notes were gone, all that was left for the rest of the bottle (~75%) was board, oak, wood and timber... a plank in a glass. I guess that's why this 18 YO was priced at under 50€.
    Good if you love wood, and lots of it.
    For me, clearly the weakest of the core range!
    • Nose
      56 56
    • Taste
      54 54
    • Finish
      54 54

  5. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose this whisky has scents of: raisins, dark chocolate, dried fruit such as plums, pears, and apples. Influences of sherry but very subtle present and nuts. There is also a somewhat earthy / musty smell in it. Furthermore, especially many fruity scents that come to me.

    The whisky's palette is super sweet at first. It looks like candy! Then come the spices. Cinnamon, pepper, nice and spicy! Personally, I find it quite complex.

    Clear flavors of caramel, dark chocolate, some orange peel. The nuts and sherry are also present almost immediately.

    The whole makes a delicious fruity and sweet speysider for a small price! I like that!

    The finish is medium long. No excesses in the taste. Some wood, orange peel, chocolate, nuts and the sherry tones stay with you the longest.

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  7. KeesD scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It's what you might expect from a 18 year old. Good nose, full taste, nice finish
    • Nose
      93 93
      Raisins, dried fruit, the nose is really good.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A bit spicy, but a really full taste. Sweet, full, complex.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Good finish, a bot longer would be nice, but still good.

  8. diamond2000 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: burnt coffee, burnt caramel, dried fruits (apples, pears, prunes), dark chocolate.

    Taste: light, fairly simple. Caramel, dark chocolate, coffee with milk, burnt jam.

    Finish: shorter than average. Burnt toffee, light notes of ginger.

    Rating: 84

    The result: it is pleasant to drink, perhaps under a cigar, but from an 18-year-old, you expect, of course, more.

  9. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Malthead: 85 points

  10. Bam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very good PLV. Must not hide from so many much more expensive 18s. The sherry is more subtle, and the whisky is less sweet overall. If you like that, you will find a great everyday dram here.
    • Nose
      Green apples and lemons in the foreground, carried by a hint of vanilla. Behind it lies the oak, which is somehow slightly musty and moldy, less spicy. After a few minutes, the sherry slowly spreads, bringing with it a nutty note, turning the light fruits into dark fruits.
    • Taste
      For the 43% right on the tongue, nutty sherry is immediately present, significantly more than in the nose. Green, slightly bitter apple peel. Milk chocolate. From the muff of the nose is nothing to feel, the oak is now spicy. Very dry.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, oak dominates the finish, but never really bitter, the nutty sherry is present. Dark chocolate and a little espresso.

  11. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Pleasantly fruity Speysider. Floral, ripe summer fruits, a little sherry, some oak. Honey, berries.
      A bit of everything. Could be more intense. Nothing stands out. Overall, but pleasant.
    • Taste
      Here the nose repeats itself: some fruit, flowers meadow with honey, got sherry, some oak.
      Caramel and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Short, orange, some oak, some vanilla.
      A good all-rounder, overall pleasing, but without a special character.

  12. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tastes are good, but the whole feels a little weak, this whisky could need some extra Abv.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, tropical fruits, oranges. Some sweet as well, honey.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly pungent, sweet and fruity, oranges, tropical fruit. A little more Abv would make this whisky a little more full-bodied.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Still slightly pungent, some licorice, wood tones, oranges. Not very long.

  13. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very nice sherried whisky. Good balance of aged spirit and wood. Not very outspoken. Very drinkable.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, dried red fruit, some honey, some orange dipped hay, damp wood, tropical fruit like mango and passion fruit, even some banana,
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, red fruit, some tropical fruit, wood, some oranges,
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite short, a little bitter at the end, some brown sugars, more wood, some oranges

  14. RichardMayston scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    I'm being a bit harsh here, there are some redeeming features that lift it to good, but I'd not buy it again. 
    • Nose
      Musty fruit, a bit metallic 
    • Taste
      Tastes a lot younger than 18, some not so good casks in here.

      Some sour bitter notes
    • Finish
      Bitter finish 


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